If you haven’t heard about the recent successfully funded kickstarter project Wasteland 2, and you weren’t a geek gaming kid growing up in the 80s, then uh…you probably better click those links to inform yourself I guess(?)
The original Wasteland was a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game which was first published by Electronic Arts in 1988. Check out this video to reminisce.
Back in 8th grade, this game blew my MIND. Between Wasteland and Pool of Radiance from SSI, I had my hands full, and it’s a miracle that I actually made it into 9th grade. Thank god puberty (YES, I was a late bloomer) and extracurricular activities got in the way of my virtual endeavors…I guess.
Both of these games offer something that most modern games don’t offer, and that’s having a party. Being able to create and level up your party members was something really novel back then. As with the ol’ D&D SSI games, your Wasteland party needed particular skills that you had to mix and match, to ensure that your party would prevail in the unforgiving….uhmmm….wasteland. The skills required in the post apocalyptic future were of course pretty freaking awesome, and definitely appealed to my 8th grade mind. Who wouldn’t want such skills as: Knife Throwing, Gamble, Picklock, Sleight of Hand, Forgergy, Toaster Repair, Clone Tech, amirite?
But what are the use of skills if you can’t use them for a purpose? Wasteland gave you that purpose, with an intricately woven story filled with sub plots and mystery. The game had hundreds of NPCs that were unique in their own rights as well, and I’d like to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to my main man Fat Freddy!
So this is one fanboy that is definitely stoked about the upcoming release of Wasteland 2!